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Opinion: Protections in Place and On the Way

PRIVACY LAW—BERMUDA

August 3, 2011

A Royal Gazette report outlines the "right to privacy" and what protections are in place for Bermuda citizens. While they are not afforded the same privacy rights as citizens of the UK, writes Allan Doughty of Trott & Duncan Ltd., Bermuda's Telecommunications Act and Common Law protections cover certain aspects of citizens' privacy, such as computer and voicemail hacking and the scope of confidential information. Last year, the government passed the yet-to-be-enacted Public Access to Information Act, which allows people to access government-held information and puts safeguards on when that data can be released. Also in the works is a Personal Information Protection Act to regulate how organizations can use individuals' data.   
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